Whoa, even traditionalists?!
“The Lord is Good and Will Save Everyone”
No one makes Catholicism more irrelevant than him: The Argentinian Modernist Jorge Bergoglio, S.J.
After almost nine years of the continuing “Pope Francis” charade, we all know that its chief protagonist, the Jesuit apostate Jorge Bergoglio, blathers incessantly. If you blink, chances are you will miss something he said.
Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a bad thing, considering the pseudo-spiritual tripe that usually gushes forth from his lips. However, when you’re trying to keep up with the heresies, blasphemies, and other errors or impieties Bergoglio cranks out, missing a beat is risky business.
On Sep. 15, 2021, while he was aboard Airhead One returning to Rome from his trip to Slovakia, the Jesuit pretend-pope had a lot to say, and we covered a good deal of it here:
However, ladies and gentlemen, we have a confession to make: We missed one. Francis dropped a bombshell in that airborne press conference, and we didn’t even notice it. If it’s any consolation, no one else seems to have noticed it either, and it’s only thanks to today’s post on the insufferable Where Peter Is[n’t] web site that we heard about it at all.
What happened? Well, during that in-flight entertainment session, Bergoglio said that everyone will be saved. Of course this hardly raises eyebrows anymore now, considering the outrageous drivel we’ve all had to endure from this comedy-theologian since 2013, but it is nevertheless a major heresy because it is in direct conflict with the plain testimony of Sacred Scripture.
But let’s look at his exact words first. The context in which they were spoken is that of the sacrament of Matrimony versus the perverted unions of sodomites. Catholic News Agency provided the following — somewhat rough — translation:
But marriage is marriage. This is not to condemn people who are like that, no, please, they are our brothers and sisters and we must accompany them. But marriage as a sacrament is clear, it is clear. That there are civil laws that provide if they want to associate, a law to have the health service, to have […] among them, these things are done. The French PACS, this law […] has nothing to do with homosexual couples — homosexual people can use it, they cannot use it, but marriage as a sacrament is man and woman. Sometimes what I have said is confusing. All the same, respect everyone. The good Lord will save everyone — do not say this aloud [laughs] — but the Lord wants to save everyone. Please do not make the Church deny her truth. Many, many people of homosexual orientation approach the Sacrament of Penance, they approach to ask priests for advice, the Church helps them to move forward in their lives. But the sacrament of marriage is […].
(Antipope Francis, in “Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia”, Catholic News Agency, Sep. 15, 2021; ellipses given; underlining added.)
The original Italian, found on the Vatican web site, is the following:
Ma il matrimonio è il matrimonio. Questo non vuol dire condannare le persone che sono così, no, per favore, sono fratelli e sorelle nostri. Dobbiamo accompagnarli. Ma il matrimonio come sacramento è chiaro, è chiaro. Che ci siano leggi civili che… Tre vedove, per esempio, che vogliono associarsi in una legge per avere il servizio sanitario, per avere poi l’eredità fra loro, ma si fanno queste cose. Questo è il Pacs francese, ma niente a che vedere con le coppie omosessuali; le coppie omosessuali possono usarla, possono usarla, ma il matrimonio come sacramento è uomo-donna. A volte, su quello che io dicevo, si crea confusione. Sì, dobbiamo, tutti uguali, rispettare tutti; il Signore è buono e salverà tutti. Questo non dirlo a voce alta [ride], ma il Signore vuole la salvezza di tutti. Ma per favore non fare che la Chiesa rinneghi la sua verità. Tanti, tante persone di orientamento omosessuale si accostano al sacramento della penitenza e si accostano per chiedere consiglio ai sacerdoti, e la Chiesa li aiuta ad andare avanti nella propria vita, ma il sacramento del matrimonio non va. Grazie.
(Antipope Francis, in “Conferenza Stampa Del Santo Padre Durante Il Volo Di Ritorno Da Bratislava”, Vatican.va, Sep. 15, 2021; underlining added.)
A more accurate translation of the underlined words would be this: “…the Lord is good and will save everyone. Do not say this out loud [laughs], but the Lord wants the salvation of all.” (A video of the whole press conference is available as well, with the heretical words found at the 26:37 min mark.)
Years ago, people like the Rev. John Zuhlsdorf or Jimmy Akin would have jumped right in to try to excuse, spin, or otherwise neutralize the offending “papal” words. As in: “No, Francis didn’t say that”, “that’s inaccurate reporting”, “it’s a bad translation”, or “you just don’t get what he meant”. But not anymore. There have been too many instances where Francis actually did say that, and we surmise that even Tom Hoopes is no longer jumping through the same to try to exonerate His Phonyness.
Tim Staples or Dave Armstrong may still be playing that game, though. Certainly, they could point to various occasions on which Francis said something to contradict the idea that all will be saved. And no doubt, one will find such passages as well, especially when it comes to the mafia and perhaps some evil traditionalists or climate-change deniers. It’s absolutely amazing what rigid old dogmas Francis is willing to dust off when he needs to rein in those who oppose his agenda!
But then, that is how Modernists operate: They will contradict themselves so as to give plausible deniability to their heresies. It’s not as if Francis had taught and behaved in an orthodox manner for all these years, so that this one statement would be a curious “one-off” that doesn’t fit the big picture. On the contrary, it fits all too well. Indeed, Francis has hinted at universal salvation before:
- Francis’ latest Rant: “God has included us all in Salvation, all!”
- Francis: “Someone might think, ‘This Pope is a Heretic’…” for saying Judas Iscariot might be saved
- Francis drops another Heresy Bomb: “Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken”
- Apostate Bergoglio endorses World’s Religions as “Different Ways of Coming to God”
In his exposé of the original Modernists and their clever tactics, Pope St. Pius X wrote over 100 years ago:
In their writings and addresses they seem not unfrequently to advocate doctrines which are contrary one to the other, so that one would be disposed to regard their attitude as double and doubtful. But this is done deliberately and advisedly…. Thus in their books one finds some things which might well be approved by a Catholic, but on turning over the page one is confronted by other things which might well have been dictated by a rationalist.
(Pope Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi, n. 18)
Pope Pius VI, denouncing the proto-Modernist innovators of his time (18th century), was even more explicit regarding their tactics of equivocation and confusion:
In order not to shock the ears of Catholics, the innovators sought to hide the subtleties of their tortuous maneuvers by the use of seemingly innocuous words such as would allow them to insinuate error into souls in the most gentle manner. Once the truth had been compromised, they could, by means of slight changes or additions in phraseology, distort the confession of the faith that is necessary for our salvation, and lead the faithful by subtle errors to their eternal damnation….
Moreover, if all this is sinful, it cannot be excused in the way that one sees it being done, under the erroneous pretext that the seemingly shocking affirmations in one place are further developed along orthodox lines in other places, and even in yet other places corrected; as if allowing for the possibility of either affirming or denying the statement, or of leaving it up to the personal inclinations of the individual – such has always been the fraudulent and daring method used by innovators to establish error. It allows for both the possibility of promoting error and of excusing it.
… [The heretic Nestorius] expressed himself in a plethora of words, mixing true things with others that were obscure; mixing at times one with the other in such a way that he was also able to confess those things which were denied while at the same time possessing a basis for denying those very sentences which he confessed.
In order to expose such snares, something which becomes necessary with a certain frequency in every century, no other method is required than the following: Whenever it becomes necessary to expose statements that disguise some suspected error or danger under the veil of ambiguity, one must denounce the perverse meaning under which the error opposed to Catholic truth is camouflaged.
(Pope Pius VI, Bull Auctorem Fidei, preamble)
Along these same lines, Pius VI’s predecessor Pope Clement XIII pointed out how dangerous even just a slight alteration in expressions of the Faith is and how this can lead to spiritual ruin: “…diabolical error, when it has artfully colored its lies, easily clothes itself in the likeness of truth while very brief additions or changes corrupt the meaning of expressions; and confession, which usually works salvation, sometimes, with a slight change, inches toward death” (Encyclical In Dominico Agro, n. 2).
That the Lord wants all people to be saved is true enough — in fact, it is explicitly found in Divine Revelation: “I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: for kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:1-4).
But it is equally found in Divine Revelation that not all people will be saved, for salvation does not depend only on the Divine Will but also on man’s free cooperation with the grace God provides: “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!” (Mt 7:13-14).
In his famous address of Dec. 9, 1854, given to cardinals the day after he solemnly defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX said:
We have learned with grief that another error, not less melancholy, is introduced into certain parts of the Catholic world, and has taken possession of the souls of many Catholics. Carried away with a hope for the eternal salvation of those who are out of the true Church of Christ, they do not cease to inquire with solicitude what shall be the fate and the condition after death of men who are not submissive to the Catholic faith. Seduced by vain reasoning they make to these questions replies conformably to that perverse doctrine [of indifferentism]. Far from Us, Venerable Brothers, to lay claim to put limits to the Divine mercy, which is infinite! Far from Us to scrutinize the counsels and mysterious judgments of God, unfathomable depth where human thought cannot penetrate! But it belongs to the duty of Our Apostolic office to excite your Episcopal solicitude and vigilance to make all possible efforts to remove from the minds of men the opinion, as impious as it is fatal, according to which people can find in any religion the way of eternal salvation. Employ all the resources of your minds and of your learning to demonstrate to the people committed to your care that the dogmas of the Catholic faith are in no respect contrary to the Divine mercy and justice. Faith orders Us to hold that out of the Apostolic Roman Church no person can be saved, that it is the only ark of salvation, and that whoever will not enter therein shall perish in the waters of the deluge.
(Pope Pius IX, Allocution Singulari Quadam; underlining added.)
Based on this allocution, the same Pope’s 1864 Syllabus of Errors condemns the following proposition: “We must have at least good hope concerning the eternal salvation of all those who in no wise are in the true Church of Christ” (error n. 17; Denz. 1717).
Yes, the Lord is good; indeed He is. And that is dogma. But this goodness is not contrary to the dogma of eternal punishment for the wicked, as we demonstrated on this blog not long ago:
Furthermore, as Bp. Donald Sanborn has explained in a recent sermon, God’s goodness is precisely why He rejects from the heavenly wedding feast those who are found not wearing the wedding garment of sanctifying grace:
And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Many are called, but few are chosen! Let us pray that we ourselves will be among the happy few; and let us pray and make sacrifices for the conversion of others so that the “few” will nevertheless be “a great multitude” (Apoc 7:9)!
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